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UNRIC Library Newsletter - October 2008

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UN in General

Draft Calendar of Conferences for 2009
English, French & Spanish:
The report of the Committee on Conferences has been issued (A/63/32). The annex to this report contains the draft calendar of conferences for 2009.

ECOSOC web site now available in all 6 UN official languages
English: http://www.un.org/ecosoc/
French: http://www.un.org/french/ecosoc/
Spanish: http://www.un.org/spanish/ecosoc/
As part of its efforts to retool the official web site of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and in light of the resolution on multilingualism (A/RES/61/266) and the 2008 International Year of Languages, DESA's Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, in collaboration with the Department of Public Information (DPI), has launched the ECOSOC web site in all six official languages of the United Nations. The multilingual web site provides information on the work of the Council and its subsidiary bodies, and promotes the new functions of ECOSOC (Annual Ministerial Review and Development Cooperation Forum), and the Council’s role in advancing the UN development agenda, including the MDGs.

Global Model UN, Geneva 2009
The United Nations Department of Public Information (UN DPI) announced the 1st annual Global Model UN conference that will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 5 to 7 August 2009. The event will target the best university-level students from Model UN programmes currently organized around the world. The theme for the first conference will be “The Millennium Developments Goals - Lifting the bottom billion out of poverty”.

United Nations Yearbook Series – Online Version
The United Nations Department of Public Information launched on 9 October the first ever online version of the Yearbook of the United Nations -- the Organization’s flagship research publication.  The new website provides free public access to the 59 volumes of the Yearbook collection, detailing the work and achievements of the United Nations system over the first 60 years of its existence (1946-2005).  New volumes, and additional useful features, will continue to be added. The site incorporates a user-friendly search function, allowing users to locate any Yearbook reference using key words, phrases or document symbols, by year or range of years.  Search results can be displayed in plain text or as a printable PDF file.  It is expected that the new website will not only serve as a strong research tool, but it will also help users better understand global issues as they affect them today.  It will broaden the Organization’s outreach to the public, increasing awareness of, and support for, the United Nations throughout the world.


Peace & Security

New disarmament website

UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) launched a new website. The new layout provides easy access to important documents and publications, such as Disarmament Yearbook, status and text of disarmament treaties, text of resolutions and decisions of the General Assembly related to disarmament, news, events, meetings and statements, as well as resources on disarmament education. The UNODA reference library provides electronic access to disarmament related UN documents starting with the 56th session of the General Assembly and documents of the special sessions of the General Assembly devoted to disarmament. The library also provides access to documents of various UN disarmament conferences, Disarmament Commission, meetings of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention experts and various expert groups.


Economic & Social Development

2008 YouthXchange Training Kit UNEP / UNESCO

How to balance looking cool and feeling cool with the need to combat climate are among the key tips in the new United Nations YouthXchange Training kit. This updated version of the guide, produced by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), also gets to grips with the mountains of waste emerging across the globe as a result of today’s fast throw-away society from mobile phones to fashion. How to balance looking cool and feeling cool with the need to combat climate are among the key tips in the new second edition of the kit.

Green Jobs: Towards Decent Work in a Sustainable, Low-Carbon World
English, French & Spanish: http://www.ilo.org/global/About_the_ILO/Media_and_public_information/Press_releases/lang--en/WCMS_098481/index.htm
This new study has been launched by a group of international organizations: the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). According to the press release, the study finds that "changing patterns of employment and investment resulting from efforts to reduce climate change and its effects are already generating new jobs in many sectors and economies, and could create millions more in both developed and developing countries. However, the report also finds that the process of climate change, already underway, will continue to have negative effects on workers and their families, especially those whose livelihoods depend on agriculture and tourism."

Tackling a global crisis: International Year of Sanitation 2008
English: http://esa.un.org/iys/docs/IYS_flagship_web_small.pdf
French: http://esa.un.org/iys/docs/flagship_FR.pdf
Spanish: http://esa.un.org/iys/docs/flagship_ES.pdf
The brochure provides an overview of the issues related to providing basic sanitation to all and includes a bibliography of cited references.


Human Rights

New Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

English: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/indigenous/ExpertMechanism/index.htm
French: http://www2.ohchr.org/french/issues/indigenous/ExpertMechanism/index.htm
Spanish: http://www2.ohchr.org/spanish/issues/indigenous/ExpertMechanism/index.htm
Meeting in Geneva from 1 to 3 October, the first session of the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples gathers over 300 participants from all regions and different backgrounds seeking to promote and protect the rights of indigenous peoples. Composed of five experts, the new United Nations mechanism on the rights of indigenous peoples has replaced the Working Group on Indigenous Populations – the first UN body established for the improvement of the living conditions of Indigenous peoples.